Rue de la Verge d’Or or impasse du Beaujolais, some evocative street names are so attractive that these street signs are regularly stolen and are found embellished with the interior decoration of some Toulouse residents.
“Rue de la Verge d’Or”. The street sign stands majestically on the door of this Toulousain, persuaded to be the Casanova of the Pink City. For him, it is thus a question of showing these guests that he is indeed the Don Juan that he claims to be. For this other, very proud of the “impasse du Beaujolais” plaque proudly affixed to the door of his living room, it is however a question of expressing his festive and convivial spirit. A well-stocked bar in the living room is also an illustration of this.
Rue de la Verge d’Or, a small artery in the Arnaud-Bernard district depending on the rue des Trois-Piliers (!) To Boulevard d’Arcole, or impasse du Beaujolais, in Bourrassol, street signs disappear regularly.
Other roads with evocative names are also sometimes the target of collectors, even fetishists: rue Georges-Labit (Saint-Exupéry district), or rue de l’Homme Armé (near Place du Salin), not to mention the Chemin de Lanusse (in Borderouge) or the Trois Cocus metro station. Lovers of the bovine breed falling back on the station La Vache.
The signs of the metro or the lycée des Arènes can also reach some nostalgic aficionados of the Soleil d’Or, which also has its street, and therefore its plaque, but in the Amidonniers district (where the first arenas of Toulouse are spread).
Limited flights, according to Jean-Michel Lattes
These disappearances of street signs, in Toulouse, constituting a real phenomenon which hardly amuses, on the side of the Capitol.
“Flights are limited… fortunately! We are trying to place the plates as high as possible and to strengthen the bindings ”, indicates Jean-Michel Lattes, well aware of the problem. The 3rd deputy mayor of Toulouse, in charge of lane names, adds: “CCTV cameras also help limit damage. “
We could not have precise figures, however, of the part of the city, concerning the cost of these thefts and vandalism, nor on their frequency. We could not know, either, if Johnny fans were fond of the Halliday esplanade plaques (facing the Zenith) or if the worshipers of the “little bull with swing soles” were sweeping those of the Minimes station. Claude Nougaro or the esplanade that bears his name in Jolimont!